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I am so happy to see this discussion here. Like Eric, I have studied and practiced Christian Science for years and have experienced its healing effects. And I have never known any Christian Scientist to allow suffering or to be opposed to those in the medical profession.

Christian Science does acknowledge that the time for thinkers has come. I have been inspired by talking with thinkers of other religions and with those in the health care professions about the impact of spirituality on health and wellbeing and how prayer can be a consistent and effective force in one’s life.

The helpful part of these discussions is that it is not about trying to convert, persuade or shame others to believe in a certain way. It is joining with others in an ongoing and earnest search for Truth. And I hope we see more of these plays, more articles, more studies on this important topic.